An Open Letter to the GOP.
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Nov 10, 2012
Dear GOP establishment,
I don't know who to address this to. For the past 4 years it has been confusing to watch you grasp at straws hoping to grab onto something, anything that you can use as a weapon against the other side. My side. To be blunt you have no leadership. It's partially George W. Bush's fault. By choosing Cheney, a man who was never meant to run for President, he left an empty slot in which the next leader of the party should have been standing.
As a result it appeared as though you defaulted to George W. Bush's primary opponent John McCain in an attempt to distance yourself from the Bush years and move the party in a new direction. When that didn't work you were again left without a leader. So filling the void came Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and a parade of people who make a living pushing your party into an ideological corner. The end result was the failed candidacy of your most recent standard bearer, Mitt Romney.
You used to the party of Dwight Eisenhower. Now you are the party of Sarah Palin.
While I am probably the last person you would listen to for advice, and while I am not generally prone to trying to help my "political enemies" this is not simply "concern trolling" on my part. I genuinely want to help you. Follow me below the fold if you're ready to at least consider some real advice from a concerned citizen.
Between now and 2014 you have a chance to show the American people that Congress has their back. That the GOP cares about this nation in a direct and very real way. If you are able to do that you will have another chance in 2016 to save your relevancy as a Political Party.
Barack Obama cannot run for President again. You do not have to campaign against him ever again. The White House will be an open contest. The Democrats will put forward a candidate, you will put forward a candidate and the people will decide who deserves the job. I don't know if Joe Biden will be running in 2016 but we do have a wide range of serious candidates ready to go.
Chief among them is none other than Hillary Clinton.
That feeling you're experiencing right now is called fear. Not only is Hillary herself a strong political voice with instant name recognition and a Presidential campaign or three under her belt but she has as her top advocate the man who would be her "First Dude" as Todd Palin once dubbed himself. While it will never be overtly stated, electing Hillary Clinton is practically electing a 3rd term for Bill Clinton. He will be her closest confidante and no doubt just as active in her administration as she was in his. They are the definition of a power couple and they have a record of success.
I don't say this to discourage you, or to gloat. I am warning you of the uphill climb to come. Particularly if Hillary Clinton resigns in the second term you can bet your butts that she is running in 2016 and will have just enough ties to the Obama administration to take credit for the good and distance herself from the bad.
As such you cannot simply run against the Obama administration in 2016 and expect to win. It didn't work on Tuesday it won't work in four years. Particularly if your party is still seen in the eyes of Americans as the obstructionists standing in the way of progress. The Republican Congress has an approval rating of just 13%. Voters widely blamed Congress for the stalemate in Washington, whether you agree with that verdict or not, it is the reality of the situation.
So my first piece of advice would be to stop running against Barack Obama. He won. You don't have to run against him ever again, and trying to win the last campaign is never a good strategy for the next. He can leave office with a negative approval rating in four years and it won't make a bit of difference because Hillary Clinton has her own record of success to run on.
#2 Nov 10, 2012
While you are gloating,
We'll be re-loading!!
Saint Paul, MN
#3 Nov 10, 2012
#5 Nov 10, 2012
Poor moron, posting as me doesn't make you a man or tough, just pitiful....
“The one and only Smart Liberal”
Since: Aug 12
Former MN Tax Payer
#6 Nov 10, 2012
"So my first piece of advice would be..."
Let's hope the Republicans don't start looking to the Leftists for advice.
How about if I give some advice to Barack Hussein Obama. You won. You have had 4 years to fix the mess, and you have only made it worse. Stop running blaming George Bush for your recession. You own it now.
#7 Nov 10, 2012
Crazy lost you bois the election... Starting early on 2014 ??? Go ahead...
Obama NEVER OWNS BUSHWHACKERS ECONOMY...remember---
Trolls/ball sack boi<quoted text> If you can find a flux capacitor, I will travel back in time with Michael J Fox, log in to Topix, and complain about Bush, Sure! You wont catch me defending Bush. He made PLENTY of mistakes.
I have never said Bush didn't make mistakes. I will even admit that they affected Obama's presidency...
IrishMN <quoted text>
When have you ever seen me beating the drum for Bush by saying he did not start diggin us into the hole we are in?
The best thing Bush did was leave office.
We could not afford 4 more years of GWB.....
Yet, ALL of you hypocrite humper bois CRY, whenever we mention ANY Bush culpability !??? WOW ! What a pair.... Mae West would be proud of you boobs ! LMAOROTF !
#8 Nov 10, 2012
Now that the Republicans are going moderate, you're a man without a party.
I'm not thinking that anyone should be putting much stock in your opinions anyway after all those rants about skewed polls and Romney's certain victory.
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